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by Robert Hines

Tree Grown From Ancient Seed Found in Jewish Fortress

Scientists have grown a tree from what may be the oldest seed ever germinated. The new sapling was sprouted from a 2000-year-old date palm excavated in Masada, the site of the fortress in Israel where Jews killed themselves to avoid cap­ture by Roman invaders.  Dubbed “the Methuselah Tree” after the oldest person in the Bible, the new plant has been growing steadily, and after 26 months the tree is nearly four feet tall. The species, called the Judean date, is now extinct in Israel, but research­ers are hoping that by reviving the plant they may be able to study its medicinal uses. . . The seeds were found in storage rooms, and appear to have been stockpiled for the Jews hiding out from the Romans. They were under mounds of debris. The Jews com­mitted suicide rather than give in to the Romans, who destroyed the site after that, which was more or less left for the next 2000 years.   (via Fox News)

How interesting: A long extinct tree of great value and possibili­ties, grown again after discovery of seed under centuries of debris.

Thoughts of the ancient seed remind us of Jesus explaining His sower parable to those wanting to know about the four kinds of soil (wayside, rocky, thorny, good) receiving the seed. He began by saying first of all, “The seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11).

How can we have the New Testament church today in the midst of a world of conflicting de­nominations? Some say only by a historical line traced through the centuries back to the apostles. But consider: all it takes is the right seed, God’s word itself, and the good soil of receptive hearts who long to do His will.

How can we simply be Chris­tians in the midst of a world where men’s inventions have confused the way? It is the same: it takes the right seed, God’s word itself, and the good soil of receptive hearts who long to do His will.

The palm seed “may hold the key to rediscovering ancient heal­ing.” But God’s word holds the healing of the soul, reconciliation to Him, being “born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away. But the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gos­pet was preached to you” (1 Pet. 1:23-25).


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